WELLINGTON- FL – The Tackeria foursome used its youth and stamina to hold off 12 other teams to capture top honors in the opening qualifying round of the annual Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” to benefit Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Thursday night at White Horse Fashion Cuisine.
The Tackeria foursome of Oliver Firestone, Liam Lotte, Harrison Azzaro and Christian Weisz, who went sixth, posted a score of 377 points (out of 400) and outlasted the field. The Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex team finished second with a 367. The Discount Dirtworks Dirty Riders team even came back for a second attempt to steal the win but was unable to do so.
With the victory, the Tackeria quartet qualified for the Championship on Feb. 3 as part of the 30th annual Vinceremos Dinner and Benefit Auction at International Polo Club.
Thirteen teams participated in the first preliminary round in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd.
Show jumper Jimmy Torano, jumper judge and Rocco’s Tacos owner Julie Kasle, Grand Champions Polo Club President and Flexjet patron Melissa Ganzi, international dressage trainer Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Josh Cohen, on-air host from ESPN 106.3 West Palm were the celebrity judges.
The next Buck Off is Thursday (Jan. 19), practice rides start at 6:00 p.m. and the competition begins at 6:30 p.m., at the White Horse Fashion Cuisine. Spots are still available and anyone of any age is welcome to compete. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. However, riders under the age of 18 need a parent’s signature to secure a spot. Also, if you don’t have a full team, the “Buck Off’ crew will help find you other strays.
The entry fee is $100 per team per round and $10 per rider for each practice round. Teams can compete in all three preliminary rounds. The winning teams from each of the three preliminary competitions will advance to the championship.
To register a team, please contact Bobbi Rottman at Bobbi@EquesSolutions.com or just show up ready to ride.
Floridian Community Bank has been involved with the Buck Off since its inception, helping raise thousands of dollars for Vinceremos every year. Vinceremos is a world-class non-profit therapeutic riding center, which has helped hundreds of riders with varying physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. The Vinceremos facility is located in Loxahatchee.
In addition to Floridian Community Bank, major sponsors include Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Tito’s Vodka, Nadine Allen and Sanjiv Sharma, Discount Dirtworks, Palm Beach International Academy, Marshall & Sterling Insurance – Equisport Division, Envisian LLC, Laas Equestrian Real Estate and Carl Schachter with Northwestern Mutual.
Four-person teams compete in the “Buck Off”, a crowd-pleasing, mechanical bull-riding competition where individual scores are totaled to determine the winning team of each round. Each rider is scored on the basis of traditional bull-riding rules and style and they must keep one hand in the air at all times. Extra points are given to teams for character, team “spirit” and costumes.
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted therapies for persons with varying physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Founded in 1982, the VTRC facility is located in Loxahatchee, Florida, directly behind Palms West Hospital. The “Buck Off” and Annual Benefit play an important role in helping Vinceremos meet its financial goals. For more information about Vinceremos visit www.vinceremos.org.